The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, represented by Emirates Team New Zealand, has lodged a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. That brings to five the number of challengers to the cup. Oracle Team USA from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club is the defender.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won in San Diego in 1995 successfully defending the trophy at Auckland in 2000. The Golden Gate Yacht Club has not yet announced where the races will be held, either Bermuda or San Diego. The selection is expected before the end of the year.
“This is the official start of a long, hard journey,” Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said. “We do not underestimate the challenges ahead. We look forward to working with the other teams to create a great event.”
Other challengers are Artemis Racing from Sweden, Ben Ainslie Racing from Great Britain, Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy and Team France.
The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender.